Join Date: May 2011
Location: Anchorage, Alaska
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Since you live in a place without the best options for veterinary care, and you love your girl, the age of 12 is elderly for a golden retriever. It's possible that bloodwork, etc could be done and you might find out what is wrong and it could possibly be fixed with medication. But what if you do all that, and still can't find out what it is? Will this prolong her pain? Will this prolong your pain of watching her do so poorly? I've made the choice to let my goldens go, several times over the years. It doesn't get easier, but the signs of deciding when to let them go, are a little more easier to see with each of my goldens that have passed. For me when I decide to let them go I have a few lines in the sand. One is pain, if I can no longer manage their pain. Two is eating, if they have stopped eating, no matter what I've tried. Three is visible clues, like distance in their eyes, or not knowing who I am or what is happening around them. You'll have to decide what your lines in the sand are.
Goldens are the best dogs in the world. I empathize with you having to make this decision. Whatever you decide, do not beat yourself up. Only you can decide for her. Be her advocate. What would she want? What is best for her? Unfortunately our dogs don't live forever and we have to make those decisions for them. Whatever you decide we will not judge you, we all only wish you and her the best through this difficult time. Her passing will affect your whole family, so include them in your decision. Let us know how things go. We all wish you well.
~ Stacey with Lucy and Riot, missing Hunter, Reilly, Tiger and Pennie
Wiseman Wildfire Grayling Fish On CD RA JH SHU WC "Lucy"
Thistle Rock Kicking Up a Fuss CD RA WCX ** "Riot"